Since 2016, the lighthouse cities of Lisbon, London and Milan have implemented a wide set of smart city measures aimed at reducing carbon emissions and promoting sustainable behaviour. Each webinar is dedicated to one measure and presents its implementation through two case studies from the lighthouse cities.
The DSM (Digital Social Market) is a new approach to citizen engagement developed by Sharing Cities’ partner, Future Cities Catapult. DSM uses online engagement to trigger real-life behaviour change. It presents citizens with alternative ways of making a sustainable impact in their communities and neighbourhoods, using peer to peer incentives and rewards. Using an online app customised to the needs and objectives of each city, the DSM supports a stronger connection between cities and citizens, leading to greater uptake of sustainability services.
E-bikes are a key part of a sustainable and holistic mobility solution in cities. They can be integrated with regular bike share, or as flexible, longer-term rental schemes to encourage modal shift from cars. In recent years, private sector companies have been rushing to introduce ‘dockless’ (or free-floating) e-bike/bike sharing schemes into cities. However, these schemes can sometimes be short lived. City-led, docked e-bike schemes can provide a longer-term solution to mobility.
Cities play a crucial role in driving global energy demands. It is therefore key to create energy systems that are are safe, reliable, affordable and sustainable. Whilst new buildings are now built to be energy efficient, most building stock in our cities is old. Through Sharing Cities, we’ve explored how to retrofit older buildings in the three lighthouse cities with energy efficiency measures and smart controls, enabling us to reduce the energy consumption in these buildings and increase the level of comfort experienced by occupants.
The Sustainable Energy Management System (SEMS) is a modular system which centralises information from, and control over, many local energy systems and devices. SEMS integrates heat, power, transport, and the built environment, combining data connectivity and the internet of things to optimise energy systems and strategies. The SEMS helps to process data inputs in real time; improving decision making, reducing system inefficiencies, and delivering financial, social and environmental benefits.
This webinar on e-mobility showcases examples of implementation in Lisbon (focusing on electric vehicles as municipal fleet, charging infrastructures, and smart parking) and Milan (focusing on e-logistics, and electric vehicle sharing scheme).
A USP is a data platform which integrates a range of data from different sources, such as smart lampposts, smart energy meters and mobility sharing services. These can be used to make informed decisions enabling cities to allocate resources more efficiently and improve quality of life for citizens. A USP helps to build an integrated smart city by digitally integrating a wide range of Information and Communication Technology solutions in urban areas.
A smart lamppost is a lamppost that uses Light Emitting Diodes (LED) and that also includes applications such as WiFi, air quality and parking sensors, video cameras for public security, and electric vehicle (EV) charging. They can also be used by telecom operators as existing infrastructure for next generation mobile networks. The well-proven lighting and maintenance savings of the smart lamppost offer an attractive bankable initiative. The smart lamppost also presents a proven and visible ‘quick win’ for smart cities, and involves relatively mature de-risked technologies.